Now That's What I Call Music! 1980: The Millennium Series (1999)

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This is one of the best Now albums I own in that there is only one weak song (and it's the last song anyway, so I can just pretend it isn't there). All the 1981-99 editions have a higher percentage of cack.

Poll Results

1.13. The Cure - A Forest 11
1.18. Motorhead - Ace of Spades 5
1.16. Martha & the Muffins - Echo Beach 5
1-15. Robert Palmer - Johnny and Mary 5
2.3. Dexys Midnight Runners - Geno 4
1.2. David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes 4
2.17. The Korgis - Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime 4
1.12. Adam & the Ants - Antmusic 4
1.17. The Jam - Going Underground 3
1.10. Blondie - Atomic 3
2.8. Yarbrough & Peoples - Don't Stop the Music 2
1.14. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Enola Gay 2
2.10. Lipps Inc. - Funkytown 2
1.1. Queen - Another One Bites the Dust 2
2.4. Diana Ross - Upside Down 1
2.5. Kool & the Gang - Celebration 1
2.9. The Brothers Johnson - Stomp! 1
2.11. Average White Band - Let's Go Round Again 1
2.14. Kate Bush - Babooshka 1
2.2. UB40 - Food for Thought 1
2.18. Don McLean - Crying 1
1.8. Elvis Costello - I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down 1
1.6. Madness - Embarrassment 1
1.3. Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers 0
2.16. Joe Jackson - It's Different For Girls 0
2.15. Jon and Vangelis - I Hear You Now 0
1.4. Roxy Music - Oh Yeah (On the Radio) 0
2.13. KC & the Sunshine Band - Please Don't Go 0
2.12. Paul McCartney - Coming Up 0
1.5. Hot Chocolate - No Doubt About It 0
1.7. Split Enz - I Got You 0
2.7. The Gap Band - Oops Upside Your Head 0
2.6. Jermaine Jackson - Let's Get Serious 0
1.9. Squeeze - Another Nail in My Heart 0
1.11. Spandau Ballet - To Cut a Long Story Short 0
2.1. The Special A.K.A. - Too Much Too Young (Live) 0

you can see me from westbury white horse, Sunday, 19 November 2023 15:47 (one week ago) link

Tough not to vote for "Ashes to Ashes", probably my favourite Bowie single

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Sunday, 19 November 2023 16:33 (one week ago) link

A lot of really fantastic songs there but “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime” is an all time favourite for me, such a beautiful record.

houdini said, Sunday, 19 November 2023 16:48 (one week ago) link

I know about half of these songs

I will never "get" 2nd wave ska but otherwise there's a lot of great stuff here

my heart tells me to vote blondie even if that's a boring choice

I have never been able to decide whether I like "babooshka" or not

Left, Sunday, 19 November 2023 17:05 (one week ago) link

Fairly easy vote for 'Upside Down', single of that year. Bowie close behind though.

Split Enz the only one I can't actually recall.

nashwan, Sunday, 19 November 2023 17:26 (one week ago) link

A Forest

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 19 November 2023 20:32 (one week ago) link

Stomp! just ahead of Upside Down

or something, Sunday, 19 November 2023 21:26 (one week ago) link

Man, what a great group of tunes. It's not even my favorite necessarily, but I went with Another One Bites the Dust because I think it's underrated, and unless I'm wrong it's the only one of those songs that the Detroit Lions covered.

three of the doctor's valuable bats are now dead (broom air), Sunday, 19 November 2023 21:39 (one week ago) link

Hurts to choose between "A Forest" and "Ace of Spades"

papal hotwife (milo z), Monday, 20 November 2023 01:32 (one week ago) link

Toss up between Bowie, Joe Jackson and Dexys for me.

bookmarkflaglink (Darin), Monday, 20 November 2023 01:57 (one week ago) link

Never thought I would have to choose between "Celebration" and "It's Different for Girls." Both so absolutely ingrained in my mind and heart, but for such different reasons and with such different emotional valences. I must go off and think.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 20 November 2023 02:23 (one week ago) link

"Change your heart... Look around you...." you get the gist of it (dog latin), Monday, 20 November 2023 13:48 (one week ago) link

"Ace of Spades" just over "A Forest."

Chris L, Monday, 20 November 2023 14:10 (one week ago) link

torn between Queen, the Gap Band, and Yarbrough & Peoples

c u (crüt), Monday, 20 November 2023 14:17 (one week ago) link

my vote is Enola Gay

you can see me from westbury white horse, Monday, 20 November 2023 14:37 (one week ago) link

lol 8 of these are on my favorite songs of all time spotify playlist but it has to be A Forest.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Monday, 20 November 2023 14:59 (one week ago) link

went with “ashes to ashes”, one of my fav Bowies

brimstead, Monday, 20 November 2023 16:11 (one week ago) link

Couldn't bear to see Johnny & Mary without a vote so that

blazin' squab (NickB), Monday, 20 November 2023 17:06 (one week ago) link

Gap Band, baby

a very very unfair (Neanderthal), Monday, 20 November 2023 18:03 (one week ago) link

the gap band had some amazing songs (if that was 'outstanding' that would be my vote right there) but i really don't like that one

blazin' squab (NickB), Monday, 20 November 2023 19:49 (one week ago) link

Almost went with the Jam but ultimately voted for Bowie.

birdistheword, Monday, 20 November 2023 22:23 (one week ago) link

I too am of the "Ace of Spades" over "A Forest" camp.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 21 November 2023 05:30 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 27 November 2023 00:01 (four days ago) link

I put “Ashes to Ashes” on my top 10 favorites of the ‘80s list so I can‘t not vote for it here. “Atomic” would be runner-up.

Josefa, Monday, 27 November 2023 01:39 (four days ago) link

voted "a forest" but there's plenty of great choices.

"another slice of death, please." (Austin), Monday, 27 November 2023 01:46 (four days ago) link

yep, i feel the same way

ava (paolo), Monday, 27 November 2023 09:38 (four days ago) link

Voted "Antmusic"...[runs away...]

Confessions of an Oatmeal Eater (I M Losted), Monday, 27 November 2023 12:39 (four days ago) link

Bowie vs Motorhead, tough one.

atonar, Monday, 27 November 2023 13:19 (four days ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 28 November 2023 00:01 (three days ago) link

I missed this one. I'd have voted "Atomic."

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 28 November 2023 00:03 (three days ago) link

Voted "Antmusic"...[runs away...]

My earliest music video memory is the giant plug in this.

Kim Kimberly, Tuesday, 28 November 2023 00:26 (three days ago) link

Antmusic is the best amd most fun song to play on chopsticks in an East Asian restaurant.

Deflatormouse, Tuesday, 28 November 2023 01:05 (three days ago) link

no wait that's Kings of the Wild Frontier

Deflatormouse, Tuesday, 28 November 2023 01:05 (three days ago) link

sad Another Nail in My Heart got nothing that would have been my second vote probably

you can see me from westbury white horse, Tuesday, 28 November 2023 10:57 (three days ago) link

there is only one weak song (and it's the last song anyway, so I can just pretend it isn't there)

...and it got one (inexplicable) vote! Unlike five or six great songs which got none.

the world is your octopus (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 28 November 2023 11:01 (three days ago) link

You mean "Crying"?

Tom D has a right to defend himself (Tom D.), Tuesday, 28 November 2023 12:03 (three days ago) link

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